Summary: This sermon is based on the text from Philippians 2:12-18 and touches on the subjects complaining, homosexuality, abortion, and shining for Christ.
"Did You Shine This Past Week?"
Most of us like to look good. We like for our shoes to
shine, our cars to shine, our words to be polished and we want
our hair in place. We want others to give us that nod of approval
that that brother or sister has got it together. At age 16 we
think everybody is looking at us. At age 30, we hope the right
kind of people are looking at us. At age 60, we realize that
most of the people didn’t even know we were there.
My friends, there is nothing wrong with looking good, and you
ought to want to look good because your looks say something about
your faith in God. The problem comes in that we often spend the
most time trying to look our best, in areas that ultimately don’t
really matter. You see its possible to be of great beauty in
appearance and yet be very ugly in one’s soul or attitude. We
have all met very beautiful people who shine on the outside, yet
we want nothing to do with them because of the ugliness that the
beauty covers over.
Jesus said in our New Testament reading, to let our lights
shine. How well did your light shine for Jesus this past week?
Were you like the brightness of the sun in the noon day sky, were
you like the moon illuminating the night, were you like candle
glowing in the darkness? Or were you more like a flashlight with
a battery so weak, at best it flickered before going blank, Did
you spend more time shining up your outward or inward appearance?
Our text this morning continues in our study of the book of
Philippians starting at chapter 2:14. Please turn there with me
in your bibles. Philippians 2:14 "Do everything without complain
ing or arguing," This one verse alone, determines what type of
shine we carry in our homes, our church, our job, and our commu
nity. Everything means everything. Is God serious, does he
really expect us to go through life without complaining and
arguing? Yes? This is a totally new gospel.
Do you realize that if we obey this one verse, some of us
are going to have to wipe out 90% of our conversation. We have
made complaining and arguing a way of life. Do you realize that
one of the easiest things in the world to find is fault? We can
find fault with our children, our spouses, our relatives, our
pastors, our bosses, our employees and even folks we do not know.
Anybody can find fault to complain. But saints fault finding
without suggesting for improvement is a waste of your time, and
whoever’s time you’re complaining to about something.
A Missouri woman complained that she was married fifteen
years ago by a Justice of the Peace, and since that time she has
had neither justice nor peace. Some people complain because God
put thorns on roses, while others praise God for putting roses
among the thorns. Happiness may turn up in our lives when we
stop complaining about the troubles we have, and offer thanks for
all the troubles we don’t have.
This is a bible verse that we can all memorize and carry it
around in our hearts. We will get the opportunity to practice it
before we leave the church today. I confess that I need a lot of
help with this little verse when one of my kids give me a test
paper that’s a lot closer to an F and than it is an A. I need to
remember it when we vote to do something, and then only a few
people show up to do the work. I need to remember it when I tell
my wife something and she forgets that I told her. Especially
when she is 100% certain I never told her, but I know that I did.
God is telling us to live our lives for Him, without com
plaining about the hardships that come about as a result. You
see when Jesus said come follow me, he did not say it was going
to be easy. It’s not easy living with folks who just constantly
stir up trouble, get on our nerves, or just aggravate to aggra
vate. Then we discover that that’s what others are saying about
As Christians, we must constantly be aware of why we do what
we do. We are called to be single minded in our motivations in
life. There is but one single purpose. It’s found in Colossians
3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father